The following blog entry is compliments of Pastor Leon Hiebert, Community Care Pastor of Generations Church, Andover, KS
Scripture: 20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.
21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them,
24 “Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?”
25 “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent. Luke 20:20-26
Observation: If those sent to question Jesus would have listened to their own words they would have had to take His words to heart.
Earlier in Luke Jesus asked, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46
Application: It might be good for me to listen to myself. With my mouth do I confess that Jesus is Lord? Then I need to act like it. I need to be careful to act like it is really true.
Prayer: Lord, may I not be like those spies who said one thing then refused to act like what they had just said was true. Today I want my faith in you to line up with my confession that you are Lord! Amen.